ARIZONA: Trump 46.9% (52), Cruz 24.9%
The overall result is no surprise, since polls had Trump leading by double-digits. What is disappointing is that even with an also-ran and designated spoiler like John Kasich still hanging around (10.0%), Cruz didn't even pick up half the non-Trump vote. He barely edged out "All Others," which is to say, Marco Rubio, even though Rubes quit the race a week ago, I'm pretty sure it was more than sufficiently reported in the media, and he held off on endorsing Cruz to keep his "Gang of Eight" stink off of him. What possible reason at this point could there be for an anti-Cruz "protest vote", unless there are now 96,468 members in the U.S. Senate?
UTAH: Cruz 69.2% (40), Trump 14.0%
Interestingly, "All Others" got zippo in the Beehive State, which makes the nearly hundred thousand votes that line got next door more than a little suspicious, although it wouldn't have overtaken Trump in any case. Regardless, Kasich's spoilerism didn't work, and Senator Cruz takes all of Utah's delegates.
Winning a battle, in other words, but losing the war, after last Tuesday in Florida, Cruz needed to pretty much win out. "Basket-trading" is a strategic victory for The Donald from here on in.
OVERALL: Trump (with Kasich) 882, Cruz (with Rubio) 631. Trump's "magic number": 355 (37.0% of remaining up-for-grabs delegates)
Next bound-delegate contest on the calendar: Wisconsin on April 5th.
In other Republicidal news, this just in, Melania Trump, #3 in The Donald's matrimonial bimbo lineup (and, remember, one of the illegal alien models his agency imported that he did NOT swindle), is, well, a bimbo who has gotten nekkid for the cameras (NSFW).
Evidently an anti-Trump PAC, "Make America Awesome," ran a Facebook ad featuring that pic in Utah with the caption, "Meet Melania Trump, your next first lady. Or you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday." For some reason, it created a huge stir on both sides of the GOP Civil War.
Let's take MAA's first. Why run this ad? Is it any secret or great shock that Donald Trump is a womanizer who likes to pork beautiful women in and out of wedlock? Hasn't that long since been "built into the price of Trump stock"? I think that's why going after Bill Clinton for all his serial philandering never got the Right anywhere back in the '90s; yes, the culture was already in an advanced state of moral decay, but the whole country already knew that Sick Willie couldn't keep his fly zipped - Jennifer Flowers, anyone? - and decided that they just didn't care. Fast forward a quarter-century and we've got millions of purportedly "evangelical" voters flocking after the man who called avoiding VD in all his fornicative adventures his "personal Vietnam". The real Vietnam, of course, he dodged. Now do you see the rest of why Trump and the Clintons are such good, close, personal friends....and political allies?
Any Mormon voters who didn't already know that Trump can't keep it in his pants were probably already voting for him. And as you can see, it's not like a gambit that fairly reeks of desperation was needed. Heck, it probably pushed a few votes in Trump's direction. I mean, have you clicked on that NSFW link above? Hubba-hubba.
That brings us to Trump's knee-jerk, vicious, sure-sounds-libelous reaction:
Where to begin? First, why would Trump be pissed about that MAA ad? It's not like he was going to win Utah anyway, or needs it to win the nomination. And why would he not be proud to show off his hot bimbo wife's hot bod? I'd have thought he'd have tweeted out something like, "I betcha flaccid Ted Cruz wishes he had a wife like this to come home to! #Can'tGetItUpTed?" That would have been the closest Trump will ever come to Reagan-like good humor.
Second, "Make America Awesome"PAC is not affiliated nor has any connection with the Ted Cruz campaign.
And really, does anybody seriously believe that Senator Cruz, who really is a devout Christian, would run an attack ad featuring soft-core pornographic pictures of his opponent's wife, no matter how readily available they are on the 'Net? Unlike Trump, TrusTed has moral standards and a level of personal dignity that has been abandoned even by nearly half of the Republican Party.
And thirdly and most importantly, Donald Trump threatened Ted Cruz's wife.
Shouldn't that matter a lot more than MAA's, er, impotent Melania skin ad? Especially since Trump must have belatedly realized precisely that since he deleted his threatening tweet so quickly? Or has his thin-skinned, puerile fascism also been "priced into his stock" as well? Clearly that's what the GOP primaries are telling us.
The problem for Trumplicans is that it won't last.
And from the "What did I ever do to YOU?/Another sign of the Apocalypse" department that will probably have John Weaver jizzing himself, Jeb Bush has endorsed....Ted Cruz:
“Today, I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President,” said Bush. “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests. Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.”
Bush continued, “For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democrat nominee and reverse Barack Obama’s failed policies. To win, Republicans need to make this election about proposing solutions to the many challenges we face, and I believe that we should vote for Ted as he will do just that.”
A case, my friends, of the GOP "establishment" finally deciding that, "Ted Cruz is an SOB, but ultimately he's our SOB, while Donald Trump is the Clintonoid Trojan Horse that that guy up in Washington has been warning us about for the past nine months". Better late than never, I guess.
Besides, it's not as gob-smacking as it could have been - Jeb! could have endorsed Marco Rubio nine days ago, after all.
UPDATE: Hey, all of you Trumplicans who are roaring your gleeful approval at Trump's repeated calls for "torturing" captured jihadists: Yeah, well, that's all BS, too:
[Trump foreign policy flack Walid] Phares defended Trump’s repeated statements on torture not as an actual policy, but as “a reaction to a very complex and difficult and challenging situation.” Trump is calling for torture “because we are in a political season,” he said, but in the White House “he’s going to be tasking experts to answer that question, and I’m not sure that the experts are going to recommend any form of torture.”… [emphases added]
Vote for Donald Trump and get Jeb Bush's State and Defense Departments. Which is to say, Hillary Clinton's State and Defense Commissariats. Sound like a plan?